Tess Davis up on her Bravo Von Pop, photo by Mike Damon

As part of our regular Thoroughbred Update, we share our readers’ personal stories of their own OTTBs. Keep watching HJU in the coming months for superb “vignettes” about your special Thoroughbreds!

Owner: Tess Davis

Horse:  Bravo Von Pop, registered Jockey Club name, Star Only

My OTTB is Bravo Von Pop.  He is amazing!

When I first took him home, he hated everyone and would bite to kill.  With a bit of love and patience he’s come to be quite a ham and no longer bites at all.  He loves his new career as a show jumper, and as I had never shown or jumped before him,

I’m thankful I ended up with such a talented & giving horse (as most OTTBs are). He is only 15.2h, but he should be competing at a higher level as he jumps the 3′ jump with LOTS of room to spare. I think he’s just the best looking OTTB ever (coming from a loving mom of course!)

Bravo Von Pop ("Star Only"), photo by Mike Damon

Bravo Von Pop, (“Star Only”) is by Red Ransom out of the mare Shawaatee by Gulch. He’s Kentucky-bred, being foaled Feb. 2, 1999, and bred by Jeffrey Tucker of the B* Ranch.

His sire, Red Ransom, is by Roberto by Hail to Reason, out of Arabia by Damascus. Helloooo, there’s a huge dose of  jumping bloodlines there.

Shawaatee is by the great Gulch by noted sport horse sire Mr. Prospector; double bred Nashua and double bred Neartic (by Nearco, bred by Tesio); and also contains My Babu (another known jumping bloodline.)

He had only 2 starts, earning $320, having started once at Belmont in NY 2002, finishing 7th; and then once at Monmouth Park in NJ, finishing 11th, both times in Maiden races. Clearly, there wasn’t enough speed there to continue in race training!

But with that pedigree, it’s a sure bet that he will enjoy jumping.

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